Paquito d'Rivera

Genres: Jazz

Biography

4 June 1948, Havana, Cuba. Known for a silky-smooth tone and evocative phrasing in the manner of Dexter Gordon, Paquito D’Rivera is one of the great jazz saxophonists of his era and is also a highly proficient clarinettist. After training in the Havana Conservatory and participating in Cuba’s unique avant garde jazz renaissance in the 70s, D’Rivera migrated to New York, USA to shine in the centre of the jazz world. The son of a Cuban tenor saxophonist who once played with Benny Goodman, D’Rivera made his professional debut on soprano when he was only six years old. At 12, he entered the same music conservatory as his future collaborator and bandmate, pianist Chucho Valdés. The two men formed Orquestra De Música Moderna in 1965. By 1970, as a result of a successful showing at the Warsaw Jazz Festival, D’Rivera, Valdés and several of the younger members of the Orchestra decide to form Irakere, one of the most influential...

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